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Fitness World would love to see 50% more Canadians realize improved mental & bodily health

With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Chris Smith has watched the industry grow, becoming an essential part of peoples’ lives year after year.

Starting his career early in the fitness industry, Chris has been involved in the operations and logistics of many clubs — from sales to managing and everything in between. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and Promotion from Portland State University, Chris has brought his passion, dedication and perseverance to many clubs throughout North America. Based in Vancouver, BC, Chris now acts as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Fitness World, leading the charge to launch 15 clubs across B.C. in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fitness finds its way into all aspects of Chris’ life — from his career to his personal life and staying active with his five kids in tow.


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Peter Verburg is bringing mobile medical services to Alberta and beyond!

Peter Verburg is founder and CEO of Numi Health, a mobile medical services company that is disrupting the way healthcare is delivered in Calgary, Edmonton and beyond – from COVID-19 testing to general wellness screening and more.

He has a storied background, having co-founded and directed public and private companies in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, energy & tourism. His interest in entrepreneurship started with small ventures as a side hobby, including a medical training company, an import-export company and a landscaping business.

While working on his MBA to complement his Philosophy degree, Peter was recruited at 35 by Canada’s top investment banker and received training in corporate finance while running multiple deals simultaneously for three years. Tired of the IB culture and wanting to get more involved in new company creation as an owner, Peter accepted an offer from one of the country’s most successful energy entrepreneurs to form a venture capital shop. Their first fundraiser kicked off just as the 2008 financial crisis hit. Plans to raise a big fund were dashed, so they closed on a small friends & family fund and used the capital to seed two energy companies. Peter serves as a director at both and an executive involved in running deals in one of them. Prior to the energy crash of 2014, they had a combined EV of around $1 B. Both survived the crash and are solid companies today.

Burned out by the crash, Peter some time off in 2016/17, travelled to South America. He came back with three ideas for new companies: an app to facilitate bike tours; a licensed medical cannabis company in Colombia; and a mobile medical company offering private-pay services via an app – hence, Numi Health was born. Numi kicked into high gear when it was obvious that COVID would be the mechanism to create the market. Peter was living in Madrid in early 2020 and spent the first lockdown there huddled in an apartment working on the platform. He brought together the Numi team through the summer, returning to Canada and launching Numi in October 2020.

Peter also has a background as a journalist. He was western bureau chief, investment editor and columnist at Canadian Business, where he reported extensively on Canadian companies with operations abroad. He is also passionate about philanthropy and volunteering – he helped launch the Veteran’s Transition Network nationally, was also a volunteer on the Distress Centre suicide help line, and a director of Wordfest. When he’s not launching companies, Peter is cyclist, yogi and foodie.


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Why tapping “intuition” is essential in business

Susheela Ramachandran is an intuitive channel who shifts people’s frequency through sound and play. Her mission is to help purpose-driven souls who want to make the world a better place awaken and embody their full power and self-expression. She channels angelic soul songs and facilitates creative play experiences that catapult people into the next level of their power and self-expression. She also is the co-host of the Revolutionary Woman Global Table at Revolutionary Woman – convening global conversations for women and girls shaping the future of the planet. Susheela currently resides in Vancouver, BC. To learn more about Susheela visit https://www.susheela.co/


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Tyler Crowdis brews cider for people with Celiac Disease

Tyler Crowdis and his wife started Bramble Cider to create ciders that were not available in Canada, due to his diagnosis with Celiac Disease. From the kitchen of their tiny century home, his crafts were gaining many fans through friends and family. Wanting to bring their innovative ciders to the masses, Alicia and Tyler are embarking on a journey to bring craft cider to Calgary and beyond. Inspiration comes from the growing West Coast cider scene to the funky ciders of Northern France and sours of Spain. You can find Bramble at SunnyCider taproom and all the cool places to get beers and spirits in town!


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Do you really know what chemicals are in the beauty products that you use?

Jasmine Marra is the founder of Gypsy+Jasmine a beauty company that has one singular mission; to craft earth inspired beauty products that make you feel pampered and beautiful without compromise. After having children, Jasmine took a keen interest in the ingredients of products that were entering her home as both of her young boys were experiencing terrible skin sensitivities and eczema. Eager to help her children get some relief, she spent hundreds of hours researching and understanding what ingredients were safe for her kids and family. This also allowed her to take a closer look at the ingredients in the products she was using on her own skin. She was shocked to learn about the preservatives, additives and harmful chemicals linked to disease, inflammation and hormone disruption that were found in almost every beauty product she put on her body. It seemed nearly impossible to purchase a beauty product that wasn’t loaded with fragrance or toxins at the everyday drug store. She walked through the aisles of beauty departments with this newfound knowledge, and knew she had to do something. That’s when she founded Gypsy+Jasmine.


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Self-confidence is making a commitment to yourself and following it through

Jacqueline Frederick truly believes life is a gift every day. Her goal in life is to always live, laugh, love, and fulfill her plan and purpose. As a personal trainer, she saw the struggle as her clients tried to achieve their goals but experienced setbacks and failures through a lack of self-esteem and confidence – the very same issues she had struggled to overcome herself. Believing that she was not smart or capable enough kept her confidence low and her achievements minimal. Finding the strength to have confidence in herself was a game-changer; she learned that she can trust herself and that she can do anything. Now, she shares that same experience with her clients.

I show them that self-confidence is making a commitment to yourself and following it through. By creating a safe space for being vulnerable, I help my clients shed the weight of other people’s expectations, their own fears and stand with them every step of the way as they power through to their goals.


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Dr. Joseph Tucker discusses the potential of psychedelic-derived medicines

Dr. Joseph Tucker is President and CEO of MagicMed Industries Inc., a biotechnology company founded in 2020. The company is focused on creating a library of novel derivative molecules based on classic psychedelics such as psilocybin, N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), mescaline, ibogaine, MDMA and LSD. MagicMed’s molecular derivatives library, the Psybrary™️, is intended to be an essential building block from which industry partners can develop new patented products. MagicMed’s mission is to unlock the full potential of psychedelic-derived medicines. The company is focused on the discovery and development of novel drug candidates, structurally related to classic psychedelics but with improved pharmaceutical characteristics.


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You’re stronger than you think! Why Mike Shoreman is committed to being the first person to Paddleboard across Lake Ontario

Have you ever held back because you felt the obstacles and challenges in front of you seemed insurmountable?

The Unbalanced Paddleboarder knows just what it means to CRASH & RISE.

Mike Shoreman is The Unbalanced Paddleboarder. An award winning speaker, author, athlete, mental health advocate and entrepreneur. After a sudden neurological condition changed his whole life, destroyed his paddle boarding career and left him immobile, unbalanced, incapacitated and told he would never paddleboard again by specialists.

He set out on a mission to prove everyone wrong.

Mike shares his story of overcoming adversity around the world inspiring and motivating people to overcome the greatest obstacles standing in their way. He encourages people to use their fears and struggles as their greatest weapons and drives audiences to become the STRONGEST versions of themselves.

Mike has been featured in over 50 media outlets including: Yahoo, MSN, CBS, NBC, CTV News, CTV Morning Live Calgary, Global News, Breakfast Television, CP 24, UNILAD, Narcity, Some Good News, Healthing.ca, Health Beat, National Post, Toronto SUN, Toronto Life, Vancouver SUN, The World News, Power of Positivity, Innerlight Media, Ashton Kutcher’s A Plus, Chicken Soup for the Soul and more.

Donate to Mike’s cause at http://www.jack.org/thecrossing

Check out his book Diaries of The Unbalanced Paddleboarder: Crash and RISE: From Victim to Thriving Survivor at https://amzn.to/3AXzFsZ


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How One Entrepreneur Has Been Supporting the Canadian Food Industry

Ted Grant was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of a “gourmet cook.” Educated at Dalhousie University, Holland College, University of Prince Edward Island, and the Stratford Chefs School, he spent eight years working as a chef in Calgary, London, New York and Toronto. Ted left the professional kitchen to teach at the Culinary Institute of Canada for three years, and while in Charlottetown he joined the product development arm known as Canada’s Smartest Kitchen. He became a leading expert in developing products for the Atlantic Canadian seafood industry, representing brands on missions to Asia, Europe, and throughout North America. Ted’s passion for Nova Scotia and education brought him home to complete his Masters in Education in 2013 and join the Nova Scotia Community College as Director of Hospitality Programming. In 2016, Ted left the college to join Truleaf Plant Science and GoodLeaf Farms as Chief Product Officer. In 2018, he could not resist the opportunity to create his own entrepreneurial dream, co-founding VIVEAU, which works with local farmers in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia to create the perfect balance between fruit and water.


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Découvrez ce qui a marqué au fer rouge l’entrepreneur à succès Martin Cousineau, président et chef de la direction des cliniques Lobe

Martin Cousineau, président et chef de la direction des cliniques Lobe.

Après avoir transformé une compagnie privée (Helix Hearing) en compagnie publique cotée sur le TSE et l’AMEX, Martin Cousineau rêvait de créer un nouveau réseau en santé auditive où les besoins du patient seraient au cœur du processus de consultation. C’est à la suite d’une longue réflexion qu’il a fondé, en 2002, les premières cliniques Lobe à Sainte-Marie et à Saint-Georges, en Beauce. Aujourd’hui, presque 20 ans plus tard, le réseau compte près de 60 cliniques réparties à travers la province et un siège social situé dans la ville de Québec.

En fondant le réseau des cliniques Lobe, Martin Cousineau avait un objectif en tête : faciliter l’accès aux soins de santé auditive. Pour ce faire, il s’est placé en mode d’écoute et a su tenir compte des besoins des patients. C’est ce qui lui a permis de mettre sur pied un réseau proposant une approche multidisciplinaire unique où l’on retrouve sous un même toit l’ensemble des professionnels de la santé auditive. Un concept qui facilite grandement le processus de consultation du patient et qui permet de briser l’isolement causé par la perte auditive.

Parallèlement à son parcours d’entrepreneur à succès, Martin Cousineau s’implique activement auprès de nombreuses organisations à titre d’administrateur. Depuis 2019, il est président de la Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec. Grand philanthrope, il est également, depuis plusieurs années, président du conseil d’administration de la Fondation Sourdine, qui soutient l’École oraliste de Québec pour enfants malentendants ou sourds.

Passionné par l’entrepreneuriat et l’efficience organisationnelle, Monsieur Cousineau s’implique aussi au sein de l’École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce où il partage, depuis 2018, son expertise auprès de jeunes entrepreneurs. Homme d’affaires aux mille idées, Martin Cousineau multiplie les implications auprès de causes qui lui tiennent à cœur, afin de favoriser le rayonnement de chaque être humain.


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